QotD: Good On A Cold Day

What food or drink do you love when it's cold out?  (Recipes and recommendations, please!)

One cup of hot sake.One sake, two sake

Drink? Hot sake. Tokyo Lobby serves it in a tall white pitcher that looks like a futuristic milk bottle. Diners then pour it into tiny white cups. Prism Cafe poured it into these clear plastic tumblers. Either way, I remember it taking the edge off the late-winter chill. I don't remember trying the sake at Yoshi's yet. Bringing a bottle back from the market, sitting it in a pot and warming it on the stove? Eh, I'd rather pour into a glass and zap it in the microwave. (Yes, that's "Mr." philistine to you.)

QotD: On Podcasts

Do you listen to podcasts?  Are there any you'd recommend? 
Inspired by Alex.

I suppose this is as good a time as any to put up last week's conversation with Cecily about John Cameron Mitchell's "Shortbus." Cecily and her husband R. were part of the packed house that got to see it at the Vancouver International Film Festival earlier this month; A. and I caught it in  a nearly empty San Francisco theater a weekend or two ago.

Cecily and I talked a week or two ago, but today's Violet Blue column in the San Francisco Chronicle on the movie got me in gear about sharing it here. We liked the idea of capturing and storing pieces of conversation about bits of media — music, movies, plays, books, essays — that one or both of us have come across and want to talk about. I joked that this was our "conversation piece time, or 'C.P. Time,'" but time will tell if that name will stick.

Oh, other podcasts: I came late to Rocketboom (How late? Um, June, after this year's Vloggercon). When I think of movies, I remember spending a lot of time in the last year or so with Elvis Mitchell's "The Treatment" on KCRW-FM. For music, I think the FADER's monthly to semimonthly podcast, which it unfuckwithably pairs with a PDF of the magazine, is essential. (Speaking of good music, I still have a lot of Mashuptown.com MP3s to go back through, and I ought to go see how Benn Loxo du Taccu's doing.) On books, no one can touch Bat Segundo when when it comes to deft, funny and wildly unique interviews with authors.

QotD: My Earliest Memory

What is your earliest memory? 
Submitted by Megan.

I was sitting in the dark at a small desk in our Wagon Way house's living room. My dad had just turned out the room's light and said something about how I could stay there all night if I wasn't going to finish whatever I was writing (neither homework nor coloring; possibly penmanship practice). I was three.

So, um, yeah, me and deadlines. Pals from way back.

QotD: This Week’s Top 25

What are your top 25 most played songs? 
Submitted by Cooxie